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SCHOOL HEADLINES: UC Berkeley cuts, Girl Scout vids & more

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, March 13th, 2009 at 3:05 pm in Schools.

School search ILLUS Need to catch up on local school headlines? The Antioch School Board is meeting Monday to discuss whether to launch an independent investigation into how administrators handled the case of Carmen Dragon Elementary School teacher James Carlile, who was arrested last month for allegedly downloading child pornography. On his work computer. At school. A Times reporter will be liveblogging from the meeting on Monday morning.

Mad budget slashing and pink slipping everywhere. Click here for the seriously depressing news from Mt. Diablo, which is sending pink slips to 600 teachers and staffers; Knightsen; Liberty Union; and Dublin. And if you’ve got older kids bound for a UC, you’ll want to read this warning from UC Berkeley administrators who say layoffs and cuts appear inevitable, even though the Cal price tag is going up by 9.3 percent next year.

In West County, residents are perturbed about a plan to house Portola Middle School kids at El Cerrito High, and the West Contra school district is still trying to figure out what to do about seismically unsafe Portola. The school sits atop a historical landslide that could move during an earthquake. They can’t retrofit, because the problem is not the buildings, but the land – it’s a high landslide risk.

And in other news, a North Carolina 8-year-old Girl Scout was told to take her cookie video off YouTube, even though the video pitch generated 700 orders for the famous Thin Mints, Samoas and other scout sweets. The Associated Press story says Wild Freeborn – seriously? – and her web designer dad just wanted to boost sales, but the national scout council said nyet.

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